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Anything That Doesn't Move


Combination Records


Anything That Doesn't Move by SwimmingpoolSwimmingpool is a collaboration between Michael Scheibenreiter and Stefan Schwander.

Michael Scheibenreiter is half of the drum & bass duo Phoneheads, while Stefan Schwander records as Antonelli electr. (italic), Rythm_Maker (background), Repeat Orchestra (A Touch Of Class) and A Rocket In Dub (italic), and collaborates with Jörg Burger as POP UP.

The sixth and ninth songs on Anything That Doesn't Move were released as a 12inch on Combination Records. Their titles are O-Ton Left and Atomizer. Neither are songs I particularly like on the disc.

The second Swimmingpool single was Diver b-w Bypassed. Both tracks are on the CD (No. 3 and 11). I like Diver. It must have been altered a bit from the 12inch, as it is called Diver Part2 on the CD.

The eight track (Perhaps) is from the first Traffic compilation on Combination. It is funny that none of these tracks (except Diver Part2) are my favorites, yet I like this CD.

I like the second, third, and fourth songs (Eddy, Diver Part2, Reprise) and number ten, Chakiti Island.

Eddy is a really fine tune. It has many layers that weave together. Taken individually, each of the elements are stone cold simple. The bass is as solid as a dub track, but the real cement here is the distinctive sound of a Fender Rhodes electric piano. The drum beat appears and disappears through the track, varying from a 4/4 beat to a single electronic pulse. There are three distinct sounds which pulse in and out. One sounds like a pneumatic wrench removing a wheel lug, one sounds like an electronic cicada in the summer, and one is a metallic pulse. Each is indispensable in the track, and help Eddy to sound full and fine.

Diver Part2 starts with a pulsing synth that almost sounds like the beginning of the (Gary Numan) Tubeway Army song Listen To The Sirens. The twinkling single note Rhodes sound is here again. The drum is more skittering that Eddy. There is a secondary rhythm that rises into the track after the pulsing synth fades.

Reprise sounds a lot like A Rocket In Dub. There is a lot of echo, and the bass is deep and strong. What the collaboration adds to this is a more developed drum bottom that you will hear on A Rocket In Dub tracks. It is funny how Reprise ends. After two and a half minutes it just fades out, without any resolution or climax. I wonder why they chose to do that?

Chakiti Island has the most mystery of the tracks. I love the way is starts off. It is a visual track that brings imagery to a drifting mind. I like walking through the moody Chakiti Island led by the Rhodes electric piano, quick sounds making brief appearances from either side.

Anything That Doesn't Move is an interesting record that is not entirely crucial to own, but has been a pleasure to live with these past two weeks, as I listened to it to write this review.

---Carl, Febraury 18, 2003